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The Advisor, September 2014

Protecting Social Security & Medicare

What you have to say about fixing Social Security & Medicare

Our supporters have clear preferences when it comes to options to deal with Social Security and Medicare's growing deficits. TSCL's 2014 Survey drew more than 2,500 responses that highlight opinions on many of the leading proposals to fix the financing problems of Social Security and Medicare. View the survey results  »

SSA Fails To Obtain Evidence Of "Legal Status" One-Third Of The Time

The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Inspector General recently performed a rare audit to check the lawful presence of noncitizens receiving Social Security benefits — the first such audit since 2009. Read more »


The Benefits You Deserve

Benefit Bulletin

How Medicare Can Save Billions: Stop Assigning Seniors To The Wrong Drug Plans

A new study finds that Medicare is spending billions of dollars more than necessary because low-income benefit recipients are randomly assigned to drug plans. If Medicare assigned people to drug plans based on the actual drugs they took, instead of randomly doing so, it could save money for benefit recipients, and potentially save the government billions. Read more »

Test your Knowledge

What Do You Know About Your Rising Costs?

You know what you spend the most on each month. But do you know which household budget costs are growing the fastest? Those can sneak up on you while draining away precious resources. Take our quiz based in part on findings from the TSCL 2014 Senior Survey and 2014 Survey of Senior Costs, to see how much you know about the fastest rising senior costs. Take the quiz now  »

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Ten Questions To Ask At Your Next Town Hall Meeting

Members of Congress have adjourned for a month-long recess, and most of them will be busy preparing for the upcoming elections by hosting town hall meetings and attending local events in their home states and districts. We encourage our members and supporters to attend these events, as they present excellent opportunities for constituents to make their voices heard. To best be prepared, it's a good idea to jot down some questions that you would like to ask your elected officials. Read more »


Older Americans Need Stable Economic Future And Reliable Healthcare by Rep. Joe Garcia (FL-26)

"Now more than ever, we must fight to ensure that when older Americans retire they can look forward to a stable economic future and reliable, high-quality healthcare. During the devastating economic recession, older Americans saw their hard-earned savings dwindle, lost millions in diminished pension funds, and were laid off just a few years before retirement. Now, Congress must work past partisan gridlock to support seniors." Read more »


Is This Collectible Or Am I Hoarding Junk?

Whether you're running out of space, thinking about moving, liquidating an estate, or just needing to raise cash, it may be time to sell some of your stuff. But how do you determine whether you've got a valuable collectible or something better suited for a charity rummage sale? Read more »


Why Are My Out-of-Pocket Costs So High?

Q: Although my Medicare Advantage Plan did not raise premiums much over the past two years, I discovered that I had to pay considerably more out-of-pocket than I expected to this year. I have a $1,000 deducible, but my costs are already closer to $5,000. Why would this occur? Read the answer »


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